ASUNCION – Horacio Cartes presented his resignation on Monday as president of Paraguay, with a view to becoming senator on July 1 after winning a seat in the April 22 elections, and to avoid having the two positions overlap.
Cartes’ resignation must now be either approved or rejected in an extraordinary session of both houses of Congress.
“I present my resignation from the office of president of the Republic of Paraguay. In order to continue serving the country from the Senate of the nation, in compliance with the will of the people as expressed in the election. God bless Paraguay!” Cartes said on Twitter.
If his resignation is approved, the presidency will pass to the current vice president, Alicia Pucheta, who would become the first Paraguayan woman to become acting head of state.
However, Pucheta would only remain in that position until Aug. 15, when Mario Abdo Benitez, also of the Colorado Party, takes office, having won the presidential election last April.